Each year, Spotlight on Art—the largest artists market in the Southeast and Trinity School’s largest fundraising event—provides our students with a unique opportunity to connect with the art world through the Children’s Art Project (CAP). During the 2016–17 school year, we made exciting changes to this time-honored tradition, introducing Spotlight on Art & Education.
This new CAP initiative connects our Early Learners through Fifth Grader students with Spotlight on Art participating artists. Last school year, Trinity enlisted one artist per grade level to produce a painting that captured current topics from that grade’s curriculum. Participants were Stephanie Henderson (Early Learners), Nancy B. Westfall (Pre-K), Dawne Raulet (Kindergarten), Patrick Lewis (First Grade), Paige Follmann (Second Grade), Jean Alexander (Third Grade), Deeann Rieves (Fourth Grade), and Keli Nicole Burns (Fifth Grade). Throughout the production of each painting, these artists documented the process and progress of their work. Once the painting was completed, each artist visited with his or her assigned grade to present the techniques and materials used. Students received a true inside look into painting, from conception to canvas, and were able to question artists directly on their work and inspiration.
For their Children’s Art Project, our Sixth Graders were once again provided the rare opportunity to collaborate with an artist to produce original pieces of art. Renowned Atlanta-based artist Sally King Benedict worked side-by-side with our Leadership Class to create two one-of-a-kind pieces. Known widely for her signature “face” paintings, King walked students through the creation process, from pencil draft to the layering of acrylics and ink.
We are so thankful to all of the artists who participated in this important educational program and look forward to seeing what Spotlight on Art 2018 has in store!